ZF Friedrichshafen AG has commenced the integration of WABCO Holdings Inc. on receiving regulatory clearances from all authorities. The final clearance for the previously announced merger of WABCO and ZF came from the Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation. Aimed at constituting a global integrated systems provider for commercial vehicle technology, ZF WABCO will be integrated into the former as a separate Commercial Vehicle Control Systems Division. With it, ZF will strengthen its focus on expanding its commercial vehicle service portfolio and on operating customer business according to Wolf-Henning Scheider, Chief Executive Officer at ZF Friedrichshafen AG. “The combination of these two successful enterprises will bring a new dimension of innovation and capability for commercial vehicle systems technology,” averred Scheider. “Thanks to our perfectly complementary portfolios and competencies, we are able to offer unprecedented solutions and services for manufacturers and fleets globally. In this way, we are actively shaping the future of the changing transportation industry,” he stated.
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